2018 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition

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Trickier vintages like 2018 are where the true quality of a top producer shines through. After all, anyone can do it when the conditions are perfect.

And the consistency of Stephane Usseglio’s family estate is evident here, weaving old vines into this satisfying, structured and supple Rhone red.

With its dense fruit, smooth tannins and dark licks of berry and spice, this Grenache dominant beauty offers immediate rewards to lovers of heady reds.

As with all 20 hectares of Usseglio’s holdings in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, these are biodynamically farmed. Low yielding at 30 hl/ha, these vines range in age between 35-75 years of age.

Hand harvested, with 60% destemmed, they’re grown across soils of sand, clay, limestone and the famed pudding stones.

Matured over 12 months, this is raised in a mix of concrete tank (Grenache), barrique and large old demi-muid barrels (Syrah and Mourvedre).

91 Points - "Cherry and pomegranate fruit are joined by hints of asphalt and cracked pepper on the nose of Usseglio's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape. It's spicy and savory overall, with a silky feel to the medium to full-bodied palate. Not overly concentrated, it's nevertheless nicely balanced, with the delicious tension of just-ripe fruit and a bright, lingering finish." - Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate)

92 Points - "Vivid ruby-red. Spice-accented red and blue fruits and candied flowers on the expressive nose. Juicy, open-knit raspberry and boysenberry flavors become livelier as the wine opens up. Shows very good clarity and lift on the long, smooth finish, which features supple tannins and resonating red fruit character." - Josh Raynolds (Vinous)

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